Oklahoma man arrested for 1993 murder in McCurtain County

    McCurtain County authorities have made in arrest in a murder that happened 29 years ago.

    51-year-old John Wesley Smith was arrested on September 30 for one count of first-degree murder for the killing of John Randall O’Steen that occurred in February of 1993.

    On May 20, 1993, an anonymous caller told the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office where O’Steen’s remains were located, according to records from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office and OSBI located the remains and investigated the homicide.  It took several days to locate the skeletal remains in a wooded area southeast of Panki Bok, about 12 miles from Broken Bow.  Smith was identified as a potential suspect.

    A rib from the remains was sent for DNA identification to the Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics at the University of North Texas in 2012.  The DNA was matched with samples taken from O’Steen’s parents.

    Smith is being held in the McCurtain County Jail in Idabel.

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